The Works of William Perkins fills a major gap in Reformed and Puritan theology. Though Perkins is best known today for his writings on predestination, he also wrote prolifically on many subjects. However, his complete works have not been in print since the mid-seventeenth century. This volume, the first of a projected 10-volume set, contains three of Perkins’s treatises. A Digest or Harmony of the Books of the Old and New Testament, offers a synopsis of the Bible that relates sacred history to the chronology of the world. Dating God’s creation of the universe in 3967 BC, Perkins develops his overview of redemptive history that culminates in the final judgment. The second treatise, The Combat between Christ and the Devil Displayed, expounds Matthew 4:1–11, showing how Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness set him up to serve as the second Adam; reveals how the devil assaults the church so that we might be better prepared to resist his temptations; and equipped Christ to be a sympathetic high priest to those who are tempted. The third and most significant treatise is A Godly and Learned Exposition upon Christ’s Sermon in the Mount, in which Perkins explores the Sermon on the Mount as key to unlocking the meaning of Scripture in its entirety, suggests that his understanding of what Christ declares in Matthew 5–7 was pivotal to the development of his theology and piety.
Check out the next volumes of this series: The Works of William Perkins (5 vols.).